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Renee Lemmer McCormack, Lead Women's Tester.
Renee Lemmer McCormack, Lead Women's Tester.
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Renee McCormack

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Renee McCormack brings a broad technical knowledge of skiing to her role as an OutdoorGearLab tester. She's been teaching skiing for the past twelve years, first at Vail, and for the past ten in Mammoth Lakes, California. She is a fully certified PAIA Level III Alpine Instructor and has been coaching her wide range of clients through ski purchases for more than a decade and many shifts in ski construction. Renée has been contributing to the Outdoor Gear Lab Women's All Mountain Ski Review for the past 6 years and has spent more than 4,000 hours skiing these skis in all types of terrain and snow. She has become an expert on comparing the specs, feel, and strengths and weaknesses of skis, and on advising both her personal clientele as well as her review readers on the best pair for them. When she's not skiing (a rarity!), she and her husband teach scuba diving around the world, go rock climbing and mountain biking, and feed their travel bug.

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Best Skis for Women of 2022

Best Skis for Women of 2022

Let us take the headache out of searching for your new favorite skis. We lined up 13 of this year's best models side-by-side and skied them in all conditions over multiple months of testing.
Elan Ripstick 94 W
Best Buy

Elan Ripstick 94 W

This ski stands out for its great price and awesome powder performance, but it easily could have taken home the honor for the most playful ski in the bunch.
Volkl Secret 96
Top Pick

Volkl Secret 96

Earning our Top Pick Award for Stability, the Secret 96 displays the famous power, precision, and stability that Volkl is famous for
Kastle FX95 HP
Top Pick

Kastle FX95 HP

No matter where you go on the mountain and how hard you charge, this ski has you back with its stability and support through any type of snow.
Blizzard Sheeva 10

Blizzard Sheeva 10

This ski performs at a reasonable level of competency across the board, but nothing about it stood out to us. We had hoped for exceptional powder performance with the 102 mm waist, and it...
Black Crows Captis Birdie

Black Crows Captis Birdie

While this ski provides a really fun rebound in mellower snow conditions, it isn’t appropriate for someone who wants to ski everywhere and in every type of snow.
Salomon QST Lumen 99

Salomon QST Lumen 99

We absolutely loved the quick and sprightly turns this ski makes in the powder, keeping us constantly afloat. Unfortunately, it fell short in other arenas. If we could only ski in fresh...
Coalition SOS

Coalition SOS

From a progressive female-run company comes a ski created for powder days, but not for on-piste terrain
Atomic Maven 93 C

Atomic Maven 93 C

A perfect gateway ski for intermediate skiers to grow with, the Maven -ironically - is not built for experts.
Icelantic Riveter 95 - Women's

Icelantic Riveter 95 - Women's

This ski provided us with so many joyous moments, buttering the tops of bumps and zig-zagging through tight trees. Sadly though, we tested the longest length the company makes, and it...
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